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Dol. Cleopatra,

Cli. Think you, there was, or might be, sach a man As this I dreamt of ?

Del. Gentle madam, no.

Cle. You lye, up to the hearing of the geds.
But, if there be, or ever were, one fuch,
Its past the fize of dreaming : Nature wants stuf
To vye strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine
An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy,
Condemning shadows quite.

Dol. Hear me, good madam :
Your loss is as yourself, great; and you bear it
As answering to the weight: 'Would I might never
O'er-take pursu'd success, but I do feel,
By the rebound of yours, a grief that smites,
My very heart at root.

Cle. I thank you, fir.
Know you, what Cæfar means to do with me?
Dol. I am lo:h to tell you what I would you

knew,
Cle. Nay, pray you, fr :
Dol. Though he be honourable,
Cle. He'll lead me in triumph :
Dol. Madam, he will; I know it.
Within. Make way there, -Cæfar.
Enter Cæsar, and Train of Romans, and Seleucus.
Cæf. Which is the queen of Egypt?
Dol. It is the emperor, madam.

Cæs. Arise, you fall not kneel: [To Cle. raising ber. I pray you, rise; rise, Egypt,

Cle. Sir, the gods
Will have it thus ; my master and

my

lord I must obey.

Cæj. Take to you no hard thoughts :
The record of what injuries you did us,
Though written in our flesh, we fall remember
As things but done by chance.

Cle. Sole sir o'the world,
I cannot project mine own cause so well
To make it clear ; but do confess I have

Beca

and we,

Been laden with like frailties, which before
Have often tham'd our sex,

Caf. Cleopatra, know,
We will extenuate rather than enforce :
If you apply yourself to our intents,
(Which towards you are most gentle) you shall find
À benefit in this change : but if you seek
To lay on me a cruelty, by taking
Antony's course, you shall bereave yourself
Of my good purposes, and put your children
To that destruction which I'll guard them from,
If thereon you rely. I'll take my leave.

Cle. And may, through all the world: 'tis yours; Your 'scutcheons, and your signs of conquest, Mall Hang in what place you pleale. Here, my good lord.

ces. You shall advise me in all for Cleopatra.

Clé. This is the brief of money, plate, and jewels, I am poffest of: 'tis exactly valu’d.; Not petty things omitted. Where's Seleucus:

Sel. Here, madam.

Cle. This is my treasurer ; let him speak, my lord,
Upon his peril, that I have reserv'd
To myself nothing. Speak the truth, Seleucus.

Sel. Madam,
I had rather seal my lips, than, to my peril,
Speak that which is not.

Cle. What have I kept back ?
Sel. Enough to purchase what you have made known.

Caf. Nay, blum not, Cleopatra ; I approve
Your wisdom in the deed.

Cle. See, Cafar! O, behold, How pomp is follow'd ! mine will now be yours ; And, Mould we shift estates, yours would be mine. “ The ingratitude of this Seleucus does 16. Even make me wild :-O save, of no more trust • Than love chat's bir'd! What, go't thou back ?

“ thou shalt 6 Go back, I warrant thee ; but I'll catch thine eyes, “ Though they had wings : Slave foul-less villain, dog ! « O rarely bale!

[Flying at him.

u Cef. Good queen, let us intreat you. (Interpofing,

Cle. O Cafar, what a wounding fame is this; That thou vouchsafing here to visit me, Doing the honour of thy lordliness To one so mean, that mine own servant lould Pargel the sum of my disgraces by Addition of his envy! Say, good Cæfar, That I fome lady trifes have reserv'd, Immoment toys, things of such dignity. As we greet modern friends withal; and say, Some nabler token. I have kept apast For Livia and Ottavia, to induce Their mediation ; must I be unfolded Of one that I have bred i The gods ! It smites me Beneath the fall I have.-Prythee, go hence ; Or I fall shew the cinders of my spirits Through the ashes of my chance :-Wert thou a man, Thuu would'At have mercy on me. Gaf. Forbear, Seleucus.

[Exit Seleucus. Clé. Be it known, that we, the greatest, ase miftbought For things that others do ; and, when we fall, We answer athers' merits : in our name Are therefore to be pity’d.

Caf. Cleopatra,
Not what you have reservd, nor what acknowledg’d,
Put we i'the roll of conqueft : ftill be it yours,
Below it at your pleasure ; and believe,
Cæfar's no merchant, to make prize with you
of things that merchants sold. Therefore be cheer'd:
Make not your thoughts your prifons: no, dear queen ;
For we intend so to dispose you, as
Yourself thall give us counsel Feed, and sleep :
Our care and picy is so much upon you,
That we remain your friend; and so, adieu.

Ck My master, and my lord, -
Caf. Not so Adieu.

(Exeunt Cæfar, Dolabella, and Train. Cle. He words me, girls, he words me, that I hould Re noble to myself: But hark thee, Cbarmian.

not

Ird. Finish, good lady; the bright day is done,
And we are for the dark.

Cle. Hye thee again :
I have spoke already, and it is provided ;
Go, put it to the hafte.
Cha. Madam, I will.

[Going
Re-enter Dolabella.
Dol. Where is the queen!'
Cha. Bebold, fir.

[Exit Charmian. Cle. Dolabella?

Dol. Madam, as thereto sworn by your command,
Which my love makes religion to obey,
I tell you this : Cæfar through Syria
Intends his journey; and, within three days,
You with your children will he fend before :
Make your best use of this: I have perform'd
Your pleasure, and my promise.

Cle. Dolabella,
I shall remain your debtor.

Dol. I your servant.
Adieu, good queen; I must attend on Cæfar.
Cle. Farewel, and thanks.

(Exit Dolabella,
Now, Iras, what think't thou?
Thou, an Egyptian puppet, salt be shewn
In Rome, as well as 1: mechanic ilaves,
Wich greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
Uplift us to the view; in their chick breaths,
Rank of gross diet, thall we be enclouded,
And forc'd to drink their vapour.

Ira. The gods forbid !

Cle. Nay, "tis most certain, Iras: Saucy lictor's
Will cateh at us, like strumpets ; and scald rimers
Ballad us out o'tune : the quick comedians
Extemporally will stage us, and present
Our Alexandrian revels; Antony
Shall be brought drunken forth, and I shall see
Some fqueaking Cleopatra boy my greafness
l'the posture of a whore.

Ira: o he good gods !
Cle. Nar, that's certain.
VOL. VI.

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Ira. I'll never fee't'; for I am fwre, my nails Are stronger than mine eyes..

Cle. Why, that's the way "To fool their ppeparation, and to conquer Their' ... astür'd intents. Now, Charmian lite

Re-enter Charmian. Shew me, my women, like 899660:- Go fetch My best attires ;-lam again for Wydnus, Tó meet Mark Antony :-Sirrah, Iras, go.Now, noble Charmian, we'll dispatch indeed: And, when thou hat done this chare, I'll give the leave To play 'till dooms-day.--Bring our crown and alt

. [:Exit İras. Charmian falls to adjusting

Cleopatra's.drejs. Noife withir. Wherefore's this noise:?

Enter one of the Guard.
Gun. Here is a rural fellow,
That will not be deny'd your highness' presence ;
He brings you figs.
Cle. Let him come in, (Exit Guard.) How poor 2x

instrument
May do a noble deed! he brings me liberty.
My resolution's plac'd, and I have nothing
Of woman in me:: Now from head to foot
I am marble-conftant: now the fleeting moon
No planet is of mine.

Reseriter Guard with a Clown.
Gua. This is the man.

Cle. Avoid, and leave him. Haft thou the pretty worm of Nilus there, 'That kills and pains not?

Clo. Truly, I have him: but I would not be the party

that should desire you to touch him, for his biting is immortal ; those, that do die of its do, feldom or

Cle. Remember'st thou any that have dy'd on't?

Clo. Very many, men and women too. I heard of one of them no longer than yesterday: a very

[Exit Guard.

I ever recover.

honest woman;

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